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Pittsburgh Steelers HEADSET-GATE Team Hurls New Cheating Allegations at Patriots

9/11/2015 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0911-tom-brady-bill-getty-01No deflated footballs this time ... but the Pittsburgh Steelers are strongly insinuating the New England Patriots executed a diabolic illegal plan Thursday night to screw Steelers coaches ... involving headsets. 

The Steelers coaches claim their headsets were not properly functioning for the 1st quarter of last night's game ... and they're pointing the finger squarely at the Pats. 

Here's an article that was posted to the Steelers' official website: 

"This is the kind of stuff that happens to the visiting team in Gillette Stadium all the time. From the start of the game through the opening 14 minutes of the first quarter, the Steelers’ coaches’ headsets were receiving the Patriots Radio Network broadcast of the game."

"The broadcast was so loud that the Steelers coaches were unable to communicate, and the NFL rule is that if one team’s headsets are not working the other team is supposed to be forced to take their headsets off."

"It’s what the NFL calls the Equity Rule. Strangely enough, whenever an NFL representative proceeded to the New England sideline to shut down their headsets, the Steelers headsets cleared. Then as the representative walked away from the New England sideline, the Steelers’ headsets again started to receive the Patriots game broadcast."

Headsets, no headsets ... probably wouldn't have stopped Gronk anyway. 

Mike Vick SIGNS WITH STEELERS ... 1 Year Deal

8/25/2015 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-mike-vick-getty-02Mike Vick is a Pittsburgh Steeler ... inking a 1-year deal with the team moments ago ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Vick flew to Pittsburgh this morning for a workout and a physical and the team liked what they saw -- so they signed him to a deal. 

Vick had received offers from multiple teams -- but we're told he felt the Steelers were the best fit. 

This will be Vick's 13th season in the league. 

Story developing ... 

Michael Vick Hopes to Sign with Steelers By 'End of Day'

8/25/2015 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0825-mike-vick-getty-01Things are moving pretty quickly between Michael Vick and the Pittsburgh Steelers ... with sources close to Vick telling TMZ Sports the QB hopes both sides can reach a deal by "the end of the day."

Our Vick sources tell us ... the QB had received "multiple offers" from NFL teams, including the Steelers -- but he really liked what Pittsburgh is bringing to the table. 

Vick flew out to the Steel City this morning to meet with the team. 

Stay tuned ... 

Bill Cowher I'm Grandpa Now To a Baby Laker

5/14/2015 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0513-bill-crowher-tmz-instagram'Coach' and 'The Chin' weren't enough ... so now Bill Cowher can also go by 'Grandpa' -- his daughter Lindsay and her husband, Lakers forward Ryan Kelly,  just had their first baby.

The baby ... Nile Jeremiah Kelly was born last night, and he's a big boy ... 8.8 lbs. and 22 in. long. 

It's not known if Coach Cowher was actually at the hospital when Lindsay popped, but the ex-Steelers coach took a hands on approach with Lindsay's dating life ... at least according to his son-in-law, Ryan.

So, now that they have a baby boy ... the question: Dad is in the NBA, grandpa's an NFL coaching legend -- do you play football or basketball?

Trick question ... you probably dominate at both. It's in the genes, baby.

New England Patriots Still Favored to Beat Steelers ... Without Brady

5/11/2015 3:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0511_patriots_steelers_betting_gettyNo Brady? No problem ... because the New England Patriots are still FAVORED to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 ... according to multiple major Vegas sports books. 

TMZ Sports spoke with honchos at multiple major sports books in Vegas who all told us the same thing -- the Pats were favored by 6.5 before the suspension ... and will be favored by 2-3 points now. 

Tony Miller, the director of the race and sports book at the Golden Nugget, says ... "They're still the Patriots ... and they have a couple of months to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready."

Get this ... we're told most sports books took down the game after the Wells Report -- refusing to take bets because of the possibility of a suspension ... which could impact the line. 

But now, we're told most, if not all, books will start taking action again as soon as today ... with the new odds. 

Good luck.  

Pitt Steeler Antwon Blake Arrested for Public Intoxication

3/16/2015 3:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0316-antwon-blake-steelers-GETTY-01Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Antwon Blake was arrested over the weekend for allegedly being drunk in public ... TMZ Sports has learned

Police in Oceanside, CA tell us Blake was busted early Sunday morning after he was seen walking around drunk outside of the bars downtown.

We're told he was arrested by local police who let him sober up ... then they released him.

Blake appeared in all 16 games last season for the Steelers, starting one.

TMZ Sports reached out to Blake -- so far, no word back.

Steelers' William Gay 1-Man Shirtless Dance Party [Video]

3/4/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steelers cornerback William Gay is taking that whole "dance like no one is watching" thing to new levels ... doing a shirtless dance revue on Instagram ... and we got to say ... dude's got the moves.

Gay -- for reasons we're not sure of -- posted five different videos to the 'gram of him (quite expertly) executing every hot dance move out there including The Whip, The Jook, and the death-defying Bobble Walk.

He even got in a couple of real life inspired joints, including Rich Homie Quan's signature onstage waddle, and his teammate Antonio Brown's touchdown dance The Beanie Wiggle.

Watch, enjoy, but please ... don't try this at home.

Steelers Star Antonio Brown Check Out My $600 Hat Pharrell Ain't Got Nothin' On Me

1/31/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Pharrell Williams has officially passed the wide brim hat torch to a guy who torches defenses ... Steelers star Antonio Brown tells TMZ Sports his fashion forward lid set him back over $600!

Brown is with the rest of the sports world at the Super Bowl in Arizona so when our camera guy ran into the always dapper Pro Bowler we had to ask ... dude, what's with the hat?

That's when Brown swagged us out a little bit, telling us that his fancy lid wasn't any regular dome-shielder ... this one put a $600 dent in his $42 million pockets.

One more thing ... we're not fashion experts ... and far be it for us to question a man's right to expression, but ...

We're pretty sure he's wearing the hat backwards.

Hines Ward Single NFL Players ... Have Bullseyes On Their Backs

1/26/2015 2:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Young, rich, single NFL players better get chicks to sign contracts before taking them out on dates ... at least that's how former Steelers superstar Hines Ward sees it. 

The ex Super Bowl champ went on Meredith Vieira's talk show and said single NFL players are being targeted by conniving women. Ward's point seemed to be that these women are falsely accusing players in domestic violence cases.  

Pretty bold statement -- and Ward even went on to suggest single players get something in writing with their dates.

As for the Ray Rice case -- Ward took a very strong stance against Ray ever returning to the NFL.

Steelers Antonio Brown Naked Human Pin Cushion

12/30/2014 8:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1230-antonio-brown-sqorHere's Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown gearing up for this weekend's big playoff game ... by getting stuck with HUNDREDS of acupuncture needles. 

Turns out, several Steelers players SWEAR by the traditional Chinese technique ... including linebacker James Harrison ... who claims it's the ultimate pain reliever. 

In fact, some NFL stars can get super competitive when it comes to the treatment -- with Harrison once admitting he told his therapist to stick him with 300 NEEDLES after hearing an NFL running back was routinely treated with 232.

Ouch.

Chris Rock Roethlisberger's the 'Original Cosby'

12/10/2014 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Apparently, Chris Rock is not a Ben Roethlisberger fan -- calling the Pittsburgh Steelers QB the "Original Cosby" during a media event in Baltimore last night.

Rock was addressing the crowd before a screening of his new movie "Top 5" when he said, "I was getting ready to say something really bad about Roethlisberger ... he's the original Cosby."

Rock is clearly harkening back a few years -- when two different women accused Big Ben of rape in two different cities.

Roethlisberger was first accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Lake Tahoe back in 2008. He ultimately settled with his accuser and was never charged with a crime. 

The second alleged incident went down in Georgia in 2010 ... when Ben allegedly assaulted a woman in a nightclub bathroom. He was investigated by cops but never charged with a crime. 

Ben was never accused of drugging the women ... unlike Bill Cosby who has been accused of giving women pills before taking advantage of them. 

After Rock cracked the joke ... he realized the comment might spark some controversy -- saying, "That's horrible ... that's gonna go everywhere."

Props to our friends at the Baltimore Sun for getting the video.  

Pittsburgh Steelers Partying with Louis XIII ... $3,000 Per Bottle!

12/2/2014 9:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
120214_steelers_instagram_launchNothing heals the pain of a loss like a $3,000 bottle of cognac ... just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers who busted out TWO bottles of Louis XIII at a Pittsburgh casino last night. 

James Harrison, along with the rest of the LB crew, hit up Andrew's Steak and Seafood Restaurant at the Rivers Casino ... where they poured the cognac into fancy glasses engraved with their names. 

Louis XIII is some of the most expensive cognac in the world -- right now, BevMo is selling the stuff for $3,000 per bottle (if you're a ClubBev member). 

Seems the guys polished off the booze ... at least judging by the way they were singing and goofing around at the end of the meal. 

Expensive hangovers ... still hurt. 
 
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Le'Veon Bell Flirts with Jordin Sparks After Record-Breaking Performance

11/18/2014 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Hours after having one of the biggest games of his life, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell wasn't done showing off his moves ... cyber-flirting with Jordin Sparks.

Bell played out of his mind last night -- putting up 204 yards against the Titans ... the most rushing yards by a Steelers player in "Monday Night Football" history.

Well, the recently single Sparks took notice ... posting, "Le'Veon Bell is just a beast. Titans D cannot contain him."

She then reposted Le'Veon's stat line ... adding, "Again, beast."

1118-subasset-jordin-sparks-tweetsBell -- who also appears to be single -- was all about it and tweeted back at Sparks ... "I see @JordinSparks liked the way I played last night."

Total cyber-flirting, right?

1118-subasset-leveon-twitterFor the record, Sparks is a huge football fan (her dad is ex-NFL star Phillippi Sparks) .... and after things ended with Jason Derulo earlier this year ... we asked if Phillippi would be cool with his daughter dating a football player. She gave an interesting answer.

As for the twitter-flirting ... we'll keep an eye on it.

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